Before you start

What you'll need to run Windows Mixed Reality

  • A Windows Mixed Reality head mounted display (HMD).
  • A new Windows Mixed Reality ready PC or a Windows Mixed Reality compatible PC running Windows 10 Version 1709 or later.
  • An internet connection
  • Display, USB, and Bluetooth adapters (if not built into headset or computer)
  • Either motion controllers, an Xbox controller, or a mouse and keyboard
  • Headphones with a microphone (if your HMD doesn't have them built in)
  • A large, open space

Make sure your PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality

To see if your PC is Windows Mixed Reality compatible, check the Windows Mixed Reality minimum PC hardware requirements or run the Windows Mixed Reality Portal on your PC.

For more information on PC compatibility issues, go here.

Make sure you have the Windows 10 Version 1709 or newer installed

You must be running the Windows 10 Version 1903 or newer to use Windows Mixed Reality. Compatible versions of Windows 10 include:

  • Windows 10 Version 1903
  • Windows 10 Version 1909
  • Windows 10 Version 2004
  • Windows 10 Version 20H2

To see which version of Windows 10 your device is currently running, select the Start button, then select Settings > System > About.

To ensure that Windows 10 is up to date on your PC, select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. Select Check for updates. If updates are available, install them.

For more information on how to keep your PC up to date go here

Make sure your PC is connected to the internet

Check that your PC is connected to the Internet. You will need to download drivers and some additional software to get Windows Mixed Reality up and running.

Make sure you have a compatible graphics driver

Your PC must have a WDDM 2.2 or later graphics driver in order to complete Windows Mixed Reality setup. If it does not already have a compatible graphics driver, try these sources:

  • Check for the latest critical driver updates using Windows Update (Start > Windows Settings > Update and Security > Check for Updates)
  • Check for the latest optional driver updates:
    1. Right-click Start > Device Manager.
    2. Expand Display Adapters.
    3. Right-click on the graphics card and choose Update Driver > Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Check the website for the manufacturer (OEM) of your PC.
  • Check the website for the manufacturer of the graphics card in your PC (for example, AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA).

Make sure that you have any required adapters

Your Windows Mixed Reality compatible PC may not have the full-sized HDMI and USB 3.0 ports needed to connect your immersive headset. Or you may need a Bluetooth adapter to meet the Windows Mixed Reality Portal requirements. If that's the case, you'll need adapters to connect your headset and motion controllers. Make sure to review the list of adapter types you may need, and some recommendations on specific adapter models.

Make sure that you have input devices

Windows Mixed Reality is designed to work best with Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers, which provide natural, precise interactions with no need to install hardware on your walls. But you can also use an Xbox controller or a mouse and keyboard.

Make sure that you have a large, open space

If you want to move around while using Windows Mixed Reality you'll need to have a large, open space. During setup you will be asked to choose between "Seated and standing" or "All experiences". Chose "All experiences" and set up a boundary if you want to move around. Review the immersive headset health, safety, and comfort guidelines to understand the space requirements.

Seated and standing (no boundary)

If you select "Seated and standing," you'll be using your headset without a boundary. This means you'll need to stay in one spot when using the headset, so that you can avoid physical obstacles and tripping hazards. You can sit down or stand up, but you shouldn't move around. Some apps might be designed to work with a boundary, so you might not be able to use them, or might not have the same experience, if you use them without a boundary.

All experiences (boundary)

If you choose "All experiences," you'll set up a boundary, and you will be able to move around and use apps and experiences that work with a boundary as well as those that don't require one. You'll need to prepare your space to make sure there are no obstacles, hazards, or fragile items in the area you’ll be using (including above your head). Don’t set up at the top of a staircase or under an extra-low ceiling fan. Remove breakables and obstacles from the area, and make sure that you and anyone who uses your headset reads and understands the safety guidelines.

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